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Black and white photo of Castell Coch with scratches Ffair Ton - FFAIR TON By Mrs. Elwyn James. I spent much of my time in holidays out on the hillside, as far from the Inn as possible, in case Susie should call me to help with the daily tasks that befitted a small girl of my position. It was ever a delight to smell the bracken and ... more...
War memorial in St Michael's Church, Tongwynlais Tongwynlais War Memorial - 2018 marked the centenary of the 1st World War and the inter-war period saw the creation of many local memorials to those who served. I visited St Michael’s Church to take a look at the tribute, which was presented to the community just over 100 years ago. The memorial tablet was unveiled by Mrs Lewis ... more...
Old postcard featuring drawing of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 8 - We’ve got a bumper collection of postcards for you this month. They all feature beautiful pencil sketches of Castell Coch by Joyce Capon. Dating the cards is tricky because they haven’t been posted. They were printed by “William Lewis (Printers) Ltd., 43, Penarth Road, Cardiff.” Some quick research tells me that William Lewis died in ... more...
New Church at Tongwynlais - This month we’re stepping back in time to 1875, when the foundation stone for St Michael’s Church was laid. The Western Mail reported on the ceremony, which took place on 10th June 1875. There’s lots of fascinating information and details about village life in the 19th century. For more history and images of the village ... more...
birthday cake with 7 candle Seven Years On: Looking Back - It’s that time of year when I look back at the last 12 months of content on the blog. The site has had a change of direction this year with a new focus on four topics of interest: photography, adventure, local history and art. The blogging year began with an adventure in Fforest Fawr, where ... more...